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Highland Council confirms Covid-19 cases and close contacts have caused staff shortages at Inverness High School

By Alasdair Fraser

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Inverness High School. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inverness High School. Picture: James Mackenzie.

An Inverness secondary school’s part-closure today came after a Covid-19 outbreak hit staffing, Highland Council has confirmed.

S2 and S3 pupils at Inverness High School were this morning told to stay at home after a number of teachers were identified as close contacts of confirmed Covid cases.

A second message from headmaster John Rutter this afternoon told pupils from the same two years not to attend classes tomorrow (Wednesday) either.

It is hoped the school will re-open fully on Thursday.

A Highland spokesperson said: “We are aware of confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Inverness High School.

“Members of staff were identified as close contacts and are following health advice to self-isolate and book a PCR test.

“Therefore, the school has partially closed today and details on the schools’ reopening will be communicated to the school community in due course.

“All necessary action has been taken at the school in line with health protection team advice and guidance.

“The Council continues to work in close partnership with NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team.”

In a message to parents this afternoon, Mr Rutter said: "I regret to have to tell you, following discussions with Highland Council, that Inverness High School will remain closed to pupils from S2 and S3 tomorrow (Wednesday).

"We are hoping to open fully again on Thursday and I will let you know as soon as I can tomorrow.

"Where possible, teachers will provide some work on the Google Classrooms but please be aware this may not be available for all classes."

Mr Rutter thanked parents and pupils for their understanding.

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